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Red Litten World (The Bell Forging Cycle) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 1, 2015
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About the Author
K. M. Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native and novelist living and working in Seattle with his wife and two dogs. He is an avid hiker, cold-weather enthusiast, world traveler, wannabe cyclist, and a self-proclaimed beer snob. His work explores non-traditional settings within speculative fiction, bending and blending genres to create rich worlds and unique, approachable characters.
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As always, I was just in awe of the world this author has built in Lovat, and of the way the hero of the story, Wal, endeared himself to me even more than before. Lovat is a city built in levels, on top of a city that has sunk into the waters known as “The Sunk” and it’s not hard to guess that this is probably a coastal city on earth after radical climate change set in and the coasts were flooded. Lovat is populated by a variety of different races of creatures—some with horns, some with seven fingers, others who wear metal masks that they never remove—the strangeness and originality of these different races is just so, so good. I could read a whole book that only detailed the quirks and idiosyncrasies of these races and be happy. They are so interesting.
But what really kept me hooked was the storyline that Wal, and most of Lovat, go through this time around. Clues were dropped in the very beginning, and I thought I had it all figured out, but then I got thrown for a loop, realized I knew nothing, and then was, unsurprisingly, blown away by the ending.
Just an awesome good read from start to finish. If you like weird fiction, fantasy, mystery and thriller, or just really well-crafted fiction, you will like this book.
If a post Lovecraft world threatened by eternal evil and rendered in evocative language with irresistible momentum, a brilliant palette of strange and wonderful sentient species, and a series of wildly inventive settings sounds appealing then this book and the whole Bell Forging Cycle will likely be your cup of tea. You can start with any of the three of books (The Stars Were Right, Old Broken Road and Red Litten World). This one is great, but for best results, start with The Stars Were Right.
And I also want to mention the lovely design of the physical book. It's a real pleasure to hold while rapidly turning the sturdy, beautiful pages in hot pursuit of the barreling plot.
Wal (our hero) continues to grow as a character. As he's grudgingly dragged into yet another save-the-world mission, you can really feel him struggling against his fate and his role as guardian. Other Bell-forging favorites play small supporting roles in this novel -- I'm looking forward to reading more about Samantha and Wensem and Hannah and Tate in the next book.
Speaking of next books: this installation of the Bell Forging Cycle starts to frame the context for the entire series. It's not just episodic hero-fights-monsters going on. This book pulls together the stories from the previous novels to telegraph much bigger things lurking on the horizon (literally!).
I can't wait to get back on the road with Bell Caravans in the next book!
My single complaint: it's hard to categorize these books. Thus, it can be frustrating when you start to realize that there is nothing that can salve your craving to read more once you've finished what is currently available. Write more books, K. M. Alexander!